04-02-18 Make plans to attend the 2018 Beef Improvement Federation’s Annual Convention in Loveland, CO June 20-23

2018 BIF Research Symposium and Convention

50th Anniversary in the Rockies
June 20-23  • Embassy Suites Convention Center Hotel • Loveland, Colorado

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For 50 years the Beef Improvement Federation has hosted our annual research symposium and convention. The convention serves to facilitate discussion and provide education on current issues facing the beef industry.

Registration is now open!
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Register by May 31 and save $80.

Hotel information
Reservations due May 20

Check out the tentative agenda/schedule…

Wednesday, June 20        

1 – 4:30 p.m.      Young Producers’ Symposium

5:30 – 8 p.m.       Opening Evening Reception


Thursday, June 21

Morning Session:      Positioning for the Future of Beef Production

8 a.m.      Introductions

8:15 a.m.      Focus on Efficient Red Meat Production, Dave Weaber, VP, Beef Analysis, EMI Analytics

8:45  a.m.      Focus on Quality, Mark McCully, Vice President, Certified Angus Beef

9:15 a.m.     Focus on Sustainability, Dr. Sara Place, Sr. Director, Sustainable Beef Production Research, NCBA

9:45 a.m.    Q&A

10:15 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m.  Focus on traits not considered, Dr. Dorian Garrick , Professor and Chief Scientist, Massey University

11:15 a.m. Bringing it all together:  Alternative Selection Objectives, Dr. John Pollak, Emeritus Professor, Cornell University

11:45 a.m. Q&A

noon  Lunch  — What I heard this morning, Dr. Trey Patterson, president and CEO, Padlock Ranch Company


Afternoon Breakout Sessions (2 to 5:30 p.m.)

Emerging Technologies

Selection Decisions

End Product Improvement


Thursday Evening Dinner Night Out

6:30 to 9 p.m.   CSU Stadium Club


Friday, June 22         

Morning Session:      Decision Time:  Who will own our industry?

7:45 a.m.       Announcements

8 a.m.       Value driven by information, Wade Small, President, Livestock Division, Agri Beef, Inc.

8:30 a.m.       What I learned from pigs!, Marty Ropp, Allied Genetic Resources

9 a.m.       How does the dairy industry handle information?, Chuck Sattler, Vice President, Genetic Programs, Select Sires Inc.


9:30 a.m.     Break

10 a.m. Panel Discussion:  Who owns your data and where is it? Dr. Darrh Bullock, Extension Professor, University of Kentucky Moderating

  • Matt Cleveland, Director, Global Beef Product Development, Genus ABS
  • Dan Moser, President, Angus Genetics Inc., American Angus Association
  • Wade Shafer, Executive VP, American Simmental Association
  • Larry Benyshek, Benyshek and Hough Consulting Services
  • John Genho, Livestock Genetic Services, LLC

11:30 a.m.  Elections

noon Lunch — What I heard this morning, Don Schiefelbein, Schiefelbein Farms


Afternoon Breakout Sessions (2 to 5:30 p.m.)

Genomics and Genetic Prediction

Producer Application

Efficiency and Adaptability


Friday Evening

            Leachman/Zinpro Dinner Out: $Profit, Herdsires and free supper

Saturday, June 23